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Weydon School 2017 Visit

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Weydon School from England came here in early April 2017. They spent 4 days volunteering. Check out the blog and video they made. Blog: http://www.partnerschoolsworldwide.co.uk/category/weydon-school-and-tzu-chi-international-school-sri-lanka/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmveveKJiDU&feature=youtu.be       Here are links to there previous visits in 2015 and 2016. http://www.partnerschoolsworldwide.co.uk/weydon-day-2/ … Read More

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Armaan Baliga

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In early March 2017 we had a day visit from Armaan Baliga who is 5 years old, he loved MEF so much he made us a scrapbook! Thank You Armaan. Elephant Day by Armaan Baliga

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A celebration in Habarana

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On Saturday 5th December we, the volunteers at Millennium Elephant Foundation, attended a ceremony in Habarana in order to celebrate the opening of a brand new well. The village organised a celebratory show, full of speeches, singing and lots of … Read More

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Box of Delights

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Morgan and I decided it was about time to make a new toy for the elephants to enjoy during enrichment! After a trip to the lumberyard to find some wood, we thought making a box would be a fine idea. … Read More

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Bed and River Litter Pick

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We all know that elephants love to eat, but they have a bit of trouble distinguishing between a nice tasty palm leaf and a not-so-tasty plastic bottle (I mean, who wouldn’t, right?). To clear up the confusion, we decided to … Read More

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Kandula’s Unexpected Departure

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We are very sad to announce that after 5 months at Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kandula has returned to Habarana. He was initially brought to MEF to receive treatment for a slipped disk in his back after too many years using … Read More

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Easter Adam’s Peak Climb

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Nine of us set off to climb Adam’s Peak on Easter Saturday. 5,200 steps up. 5,200 steps down. We were excited despite the mammoth task ahead of us! We began the climb at 2.30 am, our goal, to be at … Read More

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White Water Rafting

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This weekend 7 of us headed off on a day trip white water rafting to Kitulgala. We set off from MEF to the Kelaniya Ganga, the river that runs through Kitulgala, and which is fast becoming the adrenalin sports capital … Read More

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Fran’s Enrichment Toy

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ENRICHMENT Enrichment is creating and setting up activities to challenge our elephants physically and mentally; encouraging the elephants to be active and enriching their mind.  Anything that involves problem solving is great to make elephants think. Enrichment is vital for … Read More

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St Patrick’s Day

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To celebrate St. Patricks day here at MEF, we held an Irish quiz to test people’s knowledge of Ireland and celebrate all things Irish! We all got together, some wearing green especially for the occasion. Sadly there was no Guinness … Read More

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Fruit Shop Jazz Up

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Last week we took on the project of spiffing up the fruit shop! Previous volunteers had painted over a fresh coat of orange paint, but we figured it could use a little more life to attract more tourists to help … Read More

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Kuliyapitiya Pera Hera

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Last weekend we went to Kuliyapitiya to see the Pera Hera Festival. There were hundreds of elaborately dressed dancers, different music, dressed up elephants and so much more to see. It was such a amazing night for all of us. … Read More

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Eco Farm Update

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The eco-farm has been super busy this week. Volunteers have been working hard alongside our resident gardener with super human powers-“Chesty”! Chillies and Aubergines had been left to germinate in the safety of the tool shed and were ready to … Read More

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New Mural welcomes Visitors

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Whilst volunteering in Sri Lanka this summer I was set a bit of a challenge to paint a mural on the outside wall! I studied art in college but have never done something on such a big scale before so … Read More

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MEF Poolympics!

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What a fantastic day it was!!! There were four teams that participated: – Sri Lanka – Great Britain – China – USA There were 8 events in total, all as bizzare as each other, from lime and spoon races to … Read More

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Happy Birthday Pooja!!!

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On the 6th of August, all of our volunteers here at the MEF, got together with balloons, party hats, and of course a birthday cake designed for an elephant, and wished a big happy birthday to Pooja.  Pooja was born … Read More

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Kandy Esala Pera Hera 2012

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Kandy Pera Hera is the most spectacular religious procession in Asia. This traditional festival held in the heart of Kandy, begins with the full moon poya day on the Buddist month of Esala and continues for 10 days in an … Read More

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Meet Sandaka!

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Baby trunkee!!! We have a new arrival here at the MEF, and his name is Sandaka. A 7 year old baby tusker. The owner, who has seen the wonderful things we’re doing for elephants here at MEF, is keen for … Read More

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Habarana Human Elephant Conflict Project

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Introduction Across the world, humans and elephants have lived side by side for thousands of years. Today, the relatively peaceful coexistence of man and elephant is being replaced by conflict. The increasing population of humans, coupled with the loss of … Read More

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A glimpse of days to come!

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During enrichment afternoons the elephants are given a chance to interact with each other. This week there have been some very lovely moments between them that I have been lucky enough to catch on camera. A few days ago, whilst … Read More

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A Thank You

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The past couple of months I have spent here in Sri Lanka, has opened my eyes. The people here are incredible people. Many of them live in mud huts, walk miles everyday and work long hours under the hot sun … Read More

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Independence Day!

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Today was the 4th of July, Independence day for the Americans. Emily and I, both American, decided to throw an independence party at lunch today. We made homemade (flameless) fireworks and provided some snacks and a show for all the … Read More

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Big thanks to our volunteers!

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This week has flown by. All the volunteers here have worked really hard, and all their ideas have started to take shape and come to life!   We have our gardeners, Bert, Anne-Bob, Elizabeth and Will, who have worked long, … Read More

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June 2012 Volunteer activities!

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Building a Hut- Elizabeth Building the hut has been a long process. Starting from the ground being overgrown with weeds and trees, and now to the point where there is a discernible structure with a roof and one partial wall. … Read More

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Volunteer Updates, Spring 2012

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Banana Treasure Hunt Had such a wonderful enrichment afternoon with the elephants today. We decided for a bit of fun, to hide bananas all over one of the trees and let the elephants come out to play and try to … Read More

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Freedom Fence

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  Here at Millennium Elephant Foundation we want our elephants to have the best life possible. The Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project (AEACP) agree and after their visit to train Lakshmi and Rani to paint they felt that the … Read More

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Amie – Volunteer Coordinator

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Hi everyone- My name is Amie and for the last six months I have been the volunteer coordinator of MEF, just a quick update to let you know what’s happening- so I’m heading home to  the UK, my passport will … Read More

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Vesak Weekend!

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We knew it was going to be a good weekend when Pooja, Rani and Raja left for the Kandy ball! Its Vesak weekend, a celebration of Buddhas birthday, enlightenment and death- a special night! We left MEF and drove to … Read More

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MVU Trip!

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Last night we got the word that a MVU was scheduled to leave later that day, so we gathered our things, and we were off!  First we had to go to Kandy to pick up the veterinarian and a few … Read More

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Returning to MEF

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Three years ago I came to Millennium Elephant Foundation for six weeks to volunteer with the elephants. I was lucky enough to be allocated to Madhu, a then 16year old boy and his 23 year old mahout Sanjeewa.  Madhu has … Read More

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Field Trip to Trinco!!

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On Tuesday 24th January we went on a field trip to Trinco! The point of the trip was to visit a family whose house had been missed out when the rest of the houses were re-built due to the Tsunami … Read More

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Volunteers Experience

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At the end of our volunteering stint.  So so sad to go,my husband and I have been very fortunate to meet some fantastic volunteers from around the globe, mahouts and staff at MEF. Our daily chores included, counting elephant poo … Read More

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A great day for the elephants!

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Staff and volunteers are working really hard on an enrichment program and in preparation for the new enclosure arriving soon we are getting the elephants used to being more social. Todays session began by hiding some tasty treats into a … Read More

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New Member of the Family!

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Yesterday we welcomed a new arrival into the MEF herd, meet Bandara! He is a 30ish year old male who works with Mahouts Sunil and assistant Sissera. Bandara has come from a hard 15 year long career of logging and … Read More

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November 16, 2011

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Today is my third day here as a volunteer here at MEF. It is a very great experience here working with the elephants up close. They are amazing animals. So far since we have been here, the volunterrs have been … Read More

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Sad news

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It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we at MEF have to announce the passing of Sumana. She died peacefully yesterday evening Friday 28th October 2011. After a long battle with various health problems, Sumana was just too tired … Read More

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last day already…

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So Sumuna has made it safely through her first night in the frame built around her for support, she’s eating well and we have just collected fresh grass to get her through the rest of the day. It took the … Read More

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Waiting game

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  Last nights events are covered by Samantha’s post – a tough night waiting for Sumana to get up, not understanding if we should be leaving her lying down for the rest or pushing her up to help her lungs … Read More

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Return to MEF

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Arrival: 10 years ago I packed up a rucksack and left for Sri Lanka to live with the elephants for 3 months. Now I’m back this time for only 3 days and so much but at the same time nothing … Read More

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Sumana falls again

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We watched the rain come down hard, it cooled down fast and began to thunder and lightning. The mahouts hurried to put the elephants away and tried to beat the rain, not a success. We sat, and we enjoyed the … Read More

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Our first week :)

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Ayo Bowan (Hello) from Kendra and Laura So we’ve just completed our first week at MEF and we’ve probably hurled about 250 Elephants poo balls so far. Many more to come for Laura! Hahahaha! Definitely worked off any possibility of … Read More

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In the NEWS…

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Elephant News June 20th – July 5th: Large crowds, including 10-20,000 pilgrims are flocking to Kataragama to attend the two week long Kataragama Esala festival; a team of vets from the University of Peradiniya also travelled down with the MVU for … Read More

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Miracle Progress at MEF!

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Finally the plans of the last two months are coming together; all the new shelves for the museum are very nearly finished after much confusion with the carpenter, the boards that are being done by us volunteers are coming along … Read More

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Stars of the Colombo Perahera!

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Last night the volunteers went to the big perahera in Colombo, starring our very own Madhu and Kandula. Kandula and Roshan had left two days earlier to get there on foot and Madhu left in a truck early on the … Read More

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Best Bath Time/New Arrival

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Well Week 6 here at MEF and still having the Best time ever!! Whilst helping look after 4 week old puppies at Dogstar, i actually had a shower by my Elephant Madhu on Tuesday! How cool is that!  It was … Read More

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MEF =)

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Over the past week we have been painting MEF Museum. It was looking quite dull and dirty, BUT now thanks to Marie, Amie, Mel and Becki all the walls are very white and looks open and spacious. Also were in … Read More

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Busy times ahead for MEF

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With the sun out the volunteers can get well and truly stuck into revamping the museum and repairing the flood damage, painting has had to wait because of the rain but the museum is now lovely, fresh and sparkling white … Read More

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The sun has got his hat on :)

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All my hoping paid off and the sun has finally arrived! and is making up for lost time, it’s really scorching hot and the elephants need lots of time in the river to keep cool. Yesterday was busy, even though … Read More

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I’ve been at MEF for nearly 9 weeks now. The time continues to fly by and I’m still having a fabulous time. The maize I planted in the eco-farm in my first week is now taller than me and will … Read More

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Mel I arrived here on Sunday evening, I went and met all of the Volunteers that were here, and had some food! Everyone was welcoming and friendly. I was just a pain as i was extremely tired! When i woke … Read More

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Ranjeevi the Elephant

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The Mobile Veterinary Unit has been called out to an Elephant in Dambedeniya called Ranjeevi with numerous wounds on his legs, back and face. Ranjeevi’s wounds need treating twice daily. The volunteers joined the vets the last 2 nights and … Read More

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When the River Burst its Banks

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On Wednesday night the river burst its banks. All the elephants were moved to high ground where they would be safe and a couple of the MEF dogs took refuge in the volunteers bungalow for the night  (and took some … Read More

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3 Weeks at MEF

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I’m starting my fouth week at MEF and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone, I’ve loved every minute so far and I’m glad I don’t leave for another 9 weeks. Every morning I wake up and it’s light and … Read More

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Hikkaduwa & Madhu

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Had a brillaint weekend with the other MEF girls.  Everyone is so friendly.  We had a nioce time down in Hikkaduwa and spent time time on the beach.  I was really looking forward to gedtting back to MEF again as … Read More

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First day

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I arrived yesterday and began my first day this morning.  All the volunteers which were already here  have been so helpful and friendly.  The accomadation is much better than I thought too.  I have really enjoyed the food here in … Read More

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MEF Volunteer – Danielle

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I’ve been at MEF for three weeks now and I just can’t get enough the people here are always so friendly and smiley.. So we’ve been working really closely with the elephants including their morning bath, dung count and vet … Read More

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End of my stay

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Today is totally emotional. I’ve been here at MEF for 3 weeks.  I have had the best time learning about my elephant Rani and her jokester mahout Chandana.  I have loved every minute of my time spent with them as … Read More

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Up close and personal with the elephants!

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Arriving at the Millennium Elephant Foundation was a somewhat surreal experience. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, spectacular landscape, unusual wildlife and of course the magnificent elephants. I have been looking forward to my trip for sometime and can’t quite believe I have arrived! … Read More

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A new roof is coming

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Previously, the roof of the patio was destroyed due to a flooding. The volunteers ( us ^^ ) are rebluiding the roof. It is a difficult task and we will certainly be helped by local people working here. The roof … Read More

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A Fond Farewell to MEF :(

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So, this is goodbye…I couldn’t resist a final blog to capture the amazing time I have had in Sri Lanka. My only complaint is how fast time has flown by…and, let’s be honest, the mosquito bites (it’s NEVER good when a … Read More

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Welcome to MEF’s First Blog!

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Welcome to the very first MEF blog entry – a development the elephants are very excited about because they want as many people as possible to know about their lives in Sri Lanka and how much they would value any … Read More

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Our artistic Elephants

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The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project (AEACP) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to saving the diminishing number of Asian elephants left on our planet through its work with domesticated elephants. The AEACP raises funds through donations and the sale of … Read More